Popular messaging app WhatsApp is removing support for some of the older devices. This policy will affect Windows phones as the firm will stop supporting the OS. Moreover, the won’t be available on the Microsoft Store starting July 2020.
“Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time,” WhatsApp stated.
Microsoft itself ended support for Windows 10 Mobile OS so the timing of this withdrawal is quite intriguing. Windows also started the FAQ section under Windows 10 Mobile End of Support. The firm states that “Users are no longer eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free.” Microsoft even recommended that users who currently own Windows phones should make the shift to either Android or iOS.
Those who are worried about the loss of their chats fret not! Microsoft is enabling a simple option to create backups of their chats. Go to WhatsApp and open the chat you want to take a backup of. Click on Group Info. Now tap on ‘Export Chat’ and you’ll be given an option to either include media in the backup or not.
Not only Windows phones, Android phones running 2.3.7 version and iPhones running iOS 8 won’t support WhatsApp from this year.